Benefits of Inversion Table
The benefits of an inversion table are more numerous than you might imagine. When you think of the many health problems for which the direct or indirect effects of gravity are a contributing factor, you can understand that inversion (effectively reversing gravity) is helpful in many areas. This is especially true for the spine. There are many different disc problems and they are all related to or affected by the pull of gravity. Here is a partial list of some of the possible benefits of inversion table use.
Circulation Improved - When you're inverted, your body can circulate your blood aided by gravity rather than having to work against it. In addition, with inversion, gravity helps the lymphatic system clear faster, easing the aches and pains of stiff muscles especially in the lower extremities.
Flexibility and Range of Motion Increased - Inversion helps your joints to stay healthy and supple, so that you can remain more active in later years.
Fluid build-up in Lower Limbs - During inversion any excess blood or fluid pooled in your lower limbs will have an easier chance of getting sucked out of your tensed muscles. It can then make its way back into the main circulation and by purified by your lymphatic system.
Headaches/Migraines - Many people have reported that regular inversion therapy helped to rapidly diminish the frequency of headaches and migraines.
Height Maintained - Regular inversion helps avoid the "shrinkage" most people experience from the cumulative effect of gravity over a lifetime.
Herniated or Bulged Discs - According to many medical professional, several sessions of intermittent traction (e.g. inversion therapy done in a rocking-like fashion) is one of the best ways to help the body deal with and eliminate a bulged disc.
Mental Alertness Heightened - Inversion increases the supply of oxygen to the brain, which many authorities believe helps maintain mental sharpness.
Posture Improved - The stretch that comes with inversion helps you sit, stand and move with more ease and grace.
Sciatica - Inversion therapy helps to create separation between vertebrae, lowering the pressure on the discs and releasing the sciatic nerve to relieve that terrible sciatic pain. (For children under 14 years old, it is recommended that you consult with a licensed physician first and have someone to help them with the inversion.)
Scoliosis - Inversion therapy can help slow or reverse the effects of scoliosis at any age, and it's especially helpful for children who's bones haven't fully developed (before the age of 12-14).
Spinal Realignment - After workouts such as running and other aerobic activities and certainly heavy weightlifting the spine will be somewhat compressed, often unevenly. One-sided activities like golf or tennis often pull the spine out of alignment. Inversion helps minor misalignments to be corrected naturally.
Stress Relief - A full-body stretch just feels good! Many people also sleep better with regular inversion therapy.
At first, you might wonder about the strange feeling as you go red in the face. However this is actually a good thing because it indicates that blood flow to the brain, eyes, skin and hair is increasing. Not only that, studies prove that while inverted your brain runs 7% faster and 14% more accurately. Plus all the other benefits of inversion table use listed on this page.
Here is a more complete list of conditions that may be improved and the possible benefits of inversion table use.
As you can see, there are a great many possible benefits from inversion table use. And if you don't have most of those conditions, inversion therapy may help to prevent them.
- Arthritis of the spine
- Degenerative disc disease
- Facet joint syndrome
- Flexibility/range of motion
- Fluid build up in lower extremities
- Forward head posture
- Headaches and migraines
- Herniated disc
- Impaired circulation
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Pinched nerve
- Piriformis syndrome
- Poor posture
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Somatic pain
- Spinal misalignment
- Spinal stenosis
- Vertebral compression fracture
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